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Survivor: Sandy Cassanelli

By: New Balance
Posted on October 7, 2015

Years as a Survivor:  2


"I am a strong believer in physical fitness before, during & after breast cancer diagnosis.

Not only will it help you physically stay strong but also mentally strong.  It’s a great way to let out the frustrations of your diagnosis, and a great way to forget about your illness and battle.

I was diagnosed with Stage 3 ER PR Positive breast cancer at the age of 37 on May 30, 2013.

I could not believe this was happening to me because I felt great, and was in the best shape of my life.  I was busy with family, running my own business, eating healthy, and working out 7 days a week.  My 7 day a week workout regimen prior to being diagnosed consisted of running 6 miles runs, CrossFit training exercises with a trainer, and cardio machines at the gym.

After my diagnosis, I told my personal trainer that his job was to keep me strong while I was faced 3 surgeries, 8 rounds of chemo & 28 days of radiation!

I am proud to say that 2 days after my bi-lateral mastectomy surgery I was outside walking briskly.  Two weeks later I was back at the gym working out, keeping my body strong and getting ready for my chemo battle.

I went for a 6 mile run the morning before my first chemo treatment.  It helped me clear my head and gave me strength for the day that I was about to endure.

I worked out every single day during my chemo treatments.  I did not miss one day.  I did not have many bad side effects from the chemo treatments.  My oncologist told me that she believed I had minimal side effects with my treatments due to my work out schedule.  She said that the chemotherapy was metabolized faster due to my workouts. My workouts were very good for me mentally too.

When my treatments were over, I felt confused and upset about the future of my illness.  My oncologist gave me the option to speak with a therapist and/or take meds to make me feel better.  I decided to work out instead.

When I was working out or running I felt like I wasn’t sick. I kept saying to myself when I was running, “Cancer has nothing on me”! I was a strong woman who would take it down! I felt that the harder I worked out and the faster I ran, the more likely I would be cancer free!

2 years later I am a survivor who still works out 7 days a week & I feel better and stronger than I did 2 years ago before I began my breast cancer journey!

I encourage all woman who are diagnosed to seriously consider some form of physically activity not only will it help you physically but mentally too!"